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Obama designates Rochester as manufacturing hub
Rochester, N.Y. -- The Obama administration has named Rochester one of the first communities that will receive special attention to help them attract global manufacturers.
The initiative is meant to encourage communities to develop long-term strategies to compete for these manufacturers.
It uses the resources of federal departments and agencies to support local economic development plans.
The partnership is another attempt by the administration to boost U.S. manufacturing.
Helping Rochester to make the list - the area's more than 120 photonics manufacturers and the 500 photonics patents, which were all granted last year alone.
The administration said Rochester "is bringing new life to manufacturing business parks and expanding its workforce development efforts to maintain its historic lead in precision machining and optics, photonics, and imaging."